School board renews superintendent’s contract

July 6, 2010

By Kirsten Johnson

At its June 23 meeting, the Issaquah School Board unanimously agreed to renew the contract of Superintendent Steve Rasmussen.

Board members said they were very pleased with the progress Rasmussen has made as superintendent this past year.

Steve Rasmussen

“I want to commend you on creating a culture for our teachers to grow,” board member Marnie Maraldo said. “By placing student achievement as highest priority and helping teachers to be instructional leaders, we are saying that we want our teachers to be the best they can be.”

Board member Suzanne Weaver praised the district’s financial positioning.

“We are very pleased with where the district is financially,” she said. “We were able to anticipate the increase in the levy lid, which helped us not only in maintaining class sizes, but we didn’t have to eliminate any teacher positions this year.”

Rasmussen’s new contract goes into effect July 1 and expires June 30, 2013. It includes a 5 percent salary increase to $212,000, up from $202,000 in the previous two contracts. It also includes an increase in vacation benefits to $835, up from $400.

While board members were pleased with current progress, they said they were hopeful for even more improvement in the coming year. The Optimal High School Experience Project — a project guided by five key beliefs toward creating the optimal experience for students — and Key Performance Indicators — five to 10 indicators used to assess the health of the district as a whole — are two projects board members said they hope to see progress and grow.

“We’re very pleased with what’s going on,” Weaver said. “We just want to make sure that continues.”

Rasmussen agreed and said he has big plans for the next school year.

“It’s been a great year,” he said. “But we have had some challenges as well. It’s a journey, not an event.”

Kirsten Johnson: 392-6434 or isspress@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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